Man sentenced to maximum penalty for 2007 rape, homicide

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Man sentenced to maximum penalty for 2007 rape, homicide

Harold Nakai maintains innocence, says he loved Nicole Leigh Redhorse
Police investigate the crime scene where Nicole Leigh Redhorse was found dead in June 2007 at the Spanish Trails Inn & Suites. Harold Nakai, one of three men who raped and killed her, was sentenced Monday in District Court to 48 years to life in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and criminally negligent homicide in a retrial after a successful appeal.
Nakai
Redhorse

Man sentenced to maximum penalty for 2007 rape, homicide

Police investigate the crime scene where Nicole Leigh Redhorse was found dead in June 2007 at the Spanish Trails Inn & Suites. Harold Nakai, one of three men who raped and killed her, was sentenced Monday in District Court to 48 years to life in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and criminally negligent homicide in a retrial after a successful appeal.
Nakai
Redhorse
Judge’s comments to Harold Nakai at 2008 sentencing

The following is a transcript of a portion of District Judge Jeffrey Wilson’s statement to Harold Nakai during his first sentencing for the death of Nicole Leigh Redhorse on Oct. 14, 2008:“Harold Nakai, I’d like you to stand up, now.
“Your family, obviously, loves you, and they’ve asked that I come up with a good resolution for everyone. And that’s just not possible. I’d like you to think about the pain that you’ve caused your family and then think about Nicole’s friends, think about Nicole’s family and multiply the pain that your family is feeling by a thousand times and maybe you’ll have some idea what the Redhorses have gone through.
“I think it’s fitting that you’re the last of the three defendants to be sentenced in this case. Nicole’s family and this court will never know who savagely injured Nicole, but whether it was you – which I don’t think it was – or one of your friends, the person most responsible for the sexual assault that led to Nicole’s death is the person standing right in front of me.
“Harold Nakai, I hope you notice that I did not say the man that’s standing right in front of me, because other than being biologically an adult male, you’re not a man. I hope you’ve noticed that I’ve not referred to you – tried not to refer to you – as Mr. Nakai throughout the sentencing hearing, because mister is a term of respect that you give to a man. Your family deserves respect, but you do not.
“No man worthy of respect tells his friends that if he gives the woman he claims to love alcohol, she will get drunk enough that they can use and abuse her body sexually in any way they want.
“No man worthy of respect, after seeing the woman he claims to love bleeding profusely ... for as long as the two of you were together in that bathroom and in the shower, would fail to call for an ambulance or go to the hotel office and get help for Nicole who was obviously injured.
“No man worthy of respect when his girlfriend was bleeding as badly as Nicole was would just leave her naked on the cold, hard floor at the bottom of the bed and not even cover her up – just allow her to bleed to death. And you don’t just leave her on the floor; you took care of your own personal comfort by flipping over the mattress and going to sleep while she lay at the foot of your bed and bled to death.
“Finally, no man worthy of respect would try and cheat the Redhorse family of some small measure of justice this court can give to them for their loss by attempting to commit suicide to avoid the prison sentence you deserve.”

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